Thursday, August 18, 2011

t-shirt re-style

This is by probably the easiest, quickest thing I've ever done to an article of clothing with the most impact.
I saw this picture on pinterest and knew I wanted to try it.

I have so many clothes here in Grenada that I'm absolutely sick of.  I've worn the same things for 2 years now. boring.
I clicked the link over to  Crafter Hours. (cute name eh?)
who quickly said this wasn't her idea, rather she got it from

I went into the bedroom, grabbed the first tee shirt I saw, and a pair of scissors.
I didn't take a before picture of me wearing the shirt because I was too excited about the end result to even think about blogging about it.

There is a  funny story behind this tee shirt.  I bought it at Gabriel Brothers for $1 in the men's section (4 years ago) and liked it so much I bought one for my husband (then boyfriend)  and promised I'd never wear it on the same day as him.  haha. although we have both played tricks on each other by putting it on after we already know the other is wearing it.  and when he saw me cutting it up this morning he was sad, even if he likes to pretend that he hates having the same shirt as me.  but whatever, I totally girl-ified it!

I only varied slightly from the original tutorial and I would recommend using a tee shirt that is on the bigger side, not a form fitting one, I almost made this one too tight.

& our college's colors were blue and green.
skies of blue
fields of green
I pledge my love MVNU :)

First cut the sleeves off and then cut straight across the top under the collar.
Then (no picture) fold the top down about 1 inch and do a straight stitch across leaving  space to feed through a strap, I hand sewed it but if would be super quick with a machine. 

For the strap I used the shirt's original collar, cutting it once to break the circle and make it one long strip.
I then fed it through with a kitchen skewer, or you could use a pencil.

This is what it looked like once it was fed through the front of the shirt. 
Repeat with the back and re-sew the collar together and tuck it into the back seem to hide the stitches.

love the new neckline!
in my back yard with clothes hanging on the line & wet hair.
I couldn't wait 5 minutes to find a better location to take a picture or to put on some make up.
welcome to my impulsive life.
back view

I already have 5 other tee shirt lined up to get a similar treatment! 
With one of my bigger shirts (since I'll have more fabric) I'm going to make braided straps. fancy shmancy.

This is the perfect re-style to do in Grenada because it is so hot it is uncomfortable to wear shirts with sleeves, and if your shirt is stained... you just cut off the arm pits! I only wish I had thought of this sooner.
thanks pinterest!


Amber said...

oh goodness. love this. thanks!

Rachel said...

I started started my masters program at MVNU this fall. :) Great minds think alike

Amanda said...

That looks incredible! I love it!

Amanda C. said...

That is such a cute idea and perfect for the summer. Maybe I will grab those old t-shirts out of the donation pile and give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration.

Rose and Heather said...

I made a shirt just like this and its one of my favorites for the summer!
We would love to have you join us next week at our link party. Carfty Lassie Tuesday
Heather & Rose

C said...

That's awesome! I'm going to have to try it. The real reason that I came over here is to tell you I just heard an ad on Pandora for medical school in Grenada. It made me think of you. =)

C said...

That's awesome! I'm going to have to try it. The real reason that I came over here is to tell you I just heard an ad on Pandora for medical school in Grenada. It made me think of you. =)

Kay said...

Too cute for words. Definitely trying it this week!

Amanda said...

Wow, that's pretty cool and totally changed the shirt for the better. Awesome job for your first try!

Nikki ~ Let's Craft!! said...

Totally need to save this idea.!! I am going to be doing it!! THANK YOU!!

Anonymous said...

Question when u cut the arm pits is there any sewing the armpits or is it just the neck line??

Unknown said...

I saw this in Pintrest too and made it with different colored, braided straps! Too cute of an idea for too big of thrift store shirts!! Great job explaining the steps and good pictures too.
Happy blogging.

Veronica said...

Melanie Marie - What did you use to make a braided strap? My daughter can't wait to make this cute top!

Darlene said...

Just made this! LOVE IT! So simple! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

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